Winners of the EcoCAR Mobility ChallengeS. Himmelstein | June 07, 2022
The winners of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, in which 11 North American universities applied advanced vehicle technologies to a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer while considering emissions, safety and consumer acceptability factors, have been unveiled.
The final year of the four-year competition launched by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks challenged teams to test, prove and refine their work from the previous three years. While replicating a real-world automotive product development cycle, the student teams tested advanced propulsion systems, electrification, SAE Level 2 automation, and vehicle connectivity to enhance the energy efficiency of a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. Each team was scored across multiple dynamic vehicle testing events ranging from energy consumption to acceleration and drive quality, as well as a 175-mile on-road event through the Arizona desert to demonstrate each vehicle’s thermal management, range and overall durability.
The Georgia Institute of Technology team drove into first place, with The Ohio State University taking second place and University of Alabama taking third.
A new Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, the EcoCAR Electric Vehicle Challenge, was recently launched. During this four-year challenge, student teams across 15 academic institutions will be provided with a Cadillac LYRIQ, the brand’s first all-electric vehicle. The model will serve as the basis to advance and demonstrate technology that utilizes automation and vehicle-to-everything connectivity.